Lip augmentation has become a very popular procedure in facial plastic surgery. Fuller lips are a symbol of youth, health, and sexual vitality. In some of us thin lips may be a family trait. However, thinning of the lips occurs in all of us with advancing age. As lips lose fullness, the corners of the mouth also tend to sag giving a sad appearance to the face. A variety surgical options are available to enhance the volume and shape of lips and create permanently larger lips without the need for repetitive procedures – as would be needed with dermal fillers or fat transfer (fat grafts).
Lip implants typically last longer than fillers and are able to produce a more dramatic degree of augmentation. Implants are performed either under local anesthesia or using IV sedation.
The procedure is done in the office and takes only 30 minutes. The lip is numbed and a tiny incision is made in the corner. The implant is threaded in and incisions are stitched with disolvable sutures. If patients have had temporary lip filler injections in the past, Dr. Osmanoglu recommends waiting 6 months from their last treatment to have the implant(s) placed.
Patients with small, unsatisfactory or disproportionate lips who are physically and emotionally healthy, have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure, and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure are ideal candidates for a lip augmentation procedure. You must be in good general health overall. You are not a good candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
– Current cold sores
– Certain diseases such as diabetes or lupus
– Any scarring of the lips
– Blood clotting problems
Like any other cosmetic surgery, lip augmentation requires a lot of responsibility. You can only determine for yourself if you’re ready.
As with any medical procedure, you should tell your doctor of any allergies or any medications that you are taking and you will be required to discuss your medical history. Certain diseases such as diabetes can increase your chances of complications.